How painful is a ruptured eardrum?
A ruptured eardrum, like a clap of thunder, can happen suddenly.
You may feel a sharp pain in your ear, or an earache that you’ve had for a while suddenly goes away.
It’s also possible that you may not have any sign that your eardrum has ruptured..
How long does it take for a ruptured eardrum to heal?
Most perforated eardrums heal in a few weeks. Some take up to two months. Exposure to water or further trauma can slow the healing.
How do you treat a ruptured eardrum?
At home, you can ease the pain of a ruptured eardrum with heat and pain relievers. Placing a warm, dry compress on your ear several times daily can help. Promote healing by not blowing your nose any more than absolutely necessary. Blowing your nose creates pressure in your ears.
Should I go to the ER for a ruptured eardrum?
You should also see a doctor if you continue to have symptoms after getting treatment for a perforated eardrum. Even though most perforations heal on their own, you want to take steps to make sure any hearing loss you experience is only temporary. Go to the emergency room right away if you have severe symptoms.
What antibiotics treat ruptured eardrum?
Ofloxacin otic is used to treat outer ear infections in adults and children, chronic (long-lasting) middle ear infections in adults and children with a perforated eardrum (a condition where the eardrum has a hole in it), and acute (suddenly occurring) middle ear infections in children with ear tubes.
Do ruptured eardrums heal themselves?
Most ruptured (perforated) eardrums heal without treatment within a few weeks. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic drops if there’s evidence of infection. If the tear or hole in your eardrum doesn’t heal by itself, treatment will likely involve procedures to close the tear or hole.